Common Foot & Ankle Injuries You Should Be Aware Of

Your feet and ankles are home to about a fourth of all of your bones as well as numerous muscles, tendons and nerves. Each component of your feet and ankles works together to support your body and help you move comfortably throughout the day, but because they are used so heavily by most of us, they are also highly prone to injury.

Common Foot and Ankle Injuries

Foot and ankle injuries can run the gamut from sports-related injuries to fall injuries. Overuse injuries are also common in feet and ankles and occur as a result of repetitive movements, such as side-to-side steps or jumps. Regardless of what caused them, foot and ankle injuries can cause pain and dysfunction, and if not treated, they can lead to long-term disability.

Some of the most common foot and ankle injuries include:

Degenerative conditions such as arthritis can also lead to pain and dysfunction in the feet and ankles.

Risk Factors

You may be at a higher than average risk of a foot or ankle injury if you have a history of such injuries, are over 50 or are on your feet frequently. Athletes are at a particularly high risk of ankle and foot injuries, especially if they fail to warm up adequately.

Caring for your Feet and Ankles

Using good form during workouts, warming up properly before exercise or athletic events, and wearing supportive shoes can all help reduce your risk of feet and ankle injuries. Unfortunately, not all injuries are preventable. When you do suffer an injury or have unexplained pain, you need an evaluation.

Treatment

Mid Atlantic Orthopedic Associates can evaluate your symptoms and recommend a specific treatment program that will help you get back on your feet as soon as possible. At-home care, rest, physical therapy and surgery can all be used to restore your foot and ankle health. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with a member of our team.

You Might Also Enjoy...

Who Can Benefit from Knee Surgery?

Do you suffer from chronic knee pain that won’t go away with conservative treatments? Read this article to find out if you’re a good candidate for knee surgery.

What is Arthrosis and How Can You Treat It

Do you suffer from joint pain and stiffness? It could be arthrosis, also known as osteoarthritis, a common type of arthritis. Find out what could be causing your symptoms, and learn about the available treatments for the condition.

Who is a Candidate for Spine Surgery?

Spine surgery isn’t always the answer to spine discomfort and pain. However, some patients truly benefit from one of the procedures under this umbrella, which is why you should consider if you might be a good candidate for spine surgery.

Signs of a Rotator Cuff Injury

If your shoulder hurts or is weak, is a rotator cuff injury to blame? In this blog, our team describes three types of rotator cuff injuries, how to spot the signs, and how we treat rotator cuff tears.